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Sunday, January 29, 2012

The Effe Tribe of Pygmies

Last week an old blind Pygmy woman received her sight after prayer in
Jesus’ Name.  THAT was a wonderful day.  So many great things are
happening here so fast; but, first I must explain something.   (Link
to FB photos below).

On the ride home on our motorcycles from the village where that woman
received her sight, an insect flew into my eye and part of it would
not come out no matter what I did.  Later it turned out to be only a
speck which my colleague Edie pulled out after about an hour of pain
and my complaining like a spoiled child.  Thanks to Deb Timko for
sending instructions by Facebook about how to get it out.

Even the testimony of the Lord healing a blind woman was not as
important to me at that moment as the urgent need to remove the pain
from my eye.  When I saw the speck that had caused me so much pain, I
began searching for the meaning like it was a great dream with a
hidden meaning (every miracle has a message). I started with:

And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not
perceive the plank in your own eye?  Or how can you say to your
brother, “Brother, let me remove the speck that is in your eye”, when
you yourself do not see the plank that is in your own eye? Hypocrite!
First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see
clearly to remove to speck that is in your brother’s eye.  Luke
6:41-42 NKJV

Am I so self-absorbed that a speck in my eye was more important than a
woman receiving her sight?  And what about the fact that, although the
woman could see, she had to go back into that tiny banana leaf hut,
keep a fire lit to stay warm and still suffer from the smoke that made
her blind in the first place?  Is preaching, teaching, casting out
devils and healing the sick all that the Lord wants us to do? Or is
there more?

Jesus said, “Blind see, lame walk, lepers are cleansed, deaf hear,
dead are raised and poor have the gospel preached to them”. Mt 11:5

Miracles go with the poor having the gospel preached to them and prove
that Jesus is the Christ, the Messiah and the Lord.

But what about helping the poor?

“Inasmuch as you did it to the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.
“…for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me
drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you
clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you
came to Me.”
Mt 25:40 + 35

Jesus also wants us to provide natural things as well. Where the Lord
directs, He provides: This week, the Lord added a former DOCTOR to our
team who left medicine to be a pastor. Pastor Charles is the PERFECT
team mate!  He also pastors a large church which we attended today.
We have delegated the medical and health and hygiene education
programs to him.  The Lord and PAP RDC also gave us a great Yamaha AG
100 motorcycle for him to ride (we just paid $300 to fix and insure

Thank you to donors of this ministry who have equipped Pastor Charles
with antibiotics, de-worm medicine, malaria medicine, folic acid,
Vitamin B, soap, formula for malnourished babies, salt, shovels, picks
and machetes (katana’s/pangas).  He is now almost fully prepared to
teach and equip Pygmies to live in better health.  Because,

“What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says that he has faith
but does not have works? Can faith save him?  “If a brother or sister
is naked and destitute of daily food, and one of you says to them,
‘Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,’ but you do not give them the
things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? “Thus also
faith, by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.”  James 2:14-17

Most Pygmies here are non-literate and lived in their beloved forest
until they were recently driven out by either rebels or the government
which has taken huge areas of their habitat for national parks.  So,
our spiritual work is preaching, healing, casting out devils and
teaching bible stories (which they can retell over and over again);
and, our practical work is teaching them to use a blanket (not just
fire), dig a latrine, wash their hands and bathe with soap, feed
babies formula, farm (plant trees), and take medicine (anti-malarials,
deworm, folic acid, vitamin B, etc.). Very basic.  Further north in
the Ituri Forest, it will be even more basic (i.e. wear clothes,
etc.).  Truly these are to me the “least of these My brethren”.

Here near Beni, the Nande (a Bantu tribe with which the Pygmy
affiliate) are not generally hostile to the Pygmies.  The Nande are
mostly farmers and a few (especially the groups which we work with)
seek to lift up the Pygmies by teaching them to farm.

But, further to the north where we are headed, many of the Bila people
have historically looked upon the Pygmies as a food source or as
slaves; and, so I am told, they do not like the fact that the Nande
seek to raise their social status.

We are also working with PAP-RDC which has done fish ponds and farming
for Pygmies and is working with other international NGO’s to continue
this and to also build houses and latrines for Pygmies and do other
things.  It is wonderful to work with PAP-RDC for this and 100 other

In 2000, the Lord called me to, “Go your way, sell whatever you have,
and give to the poor and you will have treasure in heaven; and come,
take up your cross and follow Me” (per Mark 10:21 NKJV)

The “give to the poor” part is now in full swing,  Recently, I
questioned the Lord, “should we focus only on the Word and prayer and
not on health, hygiene, food, clothes, blankets, de-worm medicine,
etc”.   The answer I received is really simple: Just as I need to wear
eye protection after I got the bug out of my eye; so, we cannot send
this old Pygmy lady back into her same hut with the smoke to become
blind again.  The Lord healed her.  Now, He wants to protect her from
this happening again.

So, we must heal the sick, cast out devils, preach the gospel to the
poor but also teach how to dig latrines and wash with soap so diseases
like scabies do not re-occur. Pastor Charles, therefore, is our most
recent phenomenal God-send. This is the expansion of the Kingdom of
God here.  There is no diarrhea or cholera or scabies or hunger or
thirst in Heaven and the Lord does not want it among his children.

We (read “you know who you are”) have bought medicine for the sick,
blankets for the cold and shovels, hoes, pangas and pick axes to clear
brush and dig latrines and dig holes for trees. They do not have these
tools because in their former way of life they did not need them.

Formerly when people in the village were getting sick (i.e. diseases
from human feces) the tribe or clan just moved to a different place.
But, because their beautiful forest home has been taken from them,
they do not have the luxury of moving from place to place.  Instead of
being hunter-gatherers as in times past, the situation is forcing them
to stay in one place and be farmers; but, they are not very good at

We also need to buy blankets.  We prayed for a sick pregnant woman
(who looked too old to me to be pregnant) and she was healed. She
asked for a blanket. The love of God miraculously heals the sick but
also provides a blanket.  We need much more help to do this. It is too
painful to go to Pygmy village after Pygmy village full of needlessly
suffering people we could help with a little more support.  The good
news is that in at least 12 Pygmy camps this is changing for the

Our friend, the old (formerly blind) Pygmy woman named "Jo-enna" who
received her sight on Tuesday returned to the same little banana leaf
hut to continue to live with the smoke that made her blind.

She needs a blanket and help to build a stick and mud house (which is
warmer because it does not let the wind blow in on cold nights).  With
this type of house and a blanket, she will not need to sit in the
smoke of the fire which caused her blindness.

The typical little banana leaf hut of a Pygmy is not waterproof. Q.
What do they do when it rains?  A. “stand up”

999,999 out of 1,000,000 people are in agreement that someone ELSE
should do something. Be one in a million. Be different. Refuse to do

Tomorrow (Monday) we begin a very aggressive program to visit the same
12 pygmy camps every week for 12 weeks.  Rather than hit and run
evangelism, this focus is intended to build permanent relationships
and life-long, reproducing, disciples through bible stories that
non-literate Pygmies can continually retell.  By visiting the same
village each week for 12 weeks, we will teach 12 bible stories and
health and hygiene with a focus on follow up and participation so that
they will “own” these things.

Pygmies have a history of aid workers giving them things and practices
and then leaving.  Later, the Pygmies abandon these things and
practices and say, “Those are yours, not ours”.  Our ministry profits
tremendously from this and numerous other lessons learned by the
failure of other NGO’s.  For example, one group labored intensely to
teach Pygmy men to build their own (stick + mud with thatched roof)
houses.  But, in this Pygmy culture, the women build the houses; so,
it was a partial waste of time to teach the men.  Another time, the
same extremely well meaning NGO, gave goats to the Pygmies but not the
associated Bantu tribe. The Bantu's were angry at being left out and
stole the goats or bought them for very little. That organization has
since learned to give goats in a way that really works.  They are
teaching us all these lessons.  Goats are a great sustainable source
of milk and protein.

We must proceed “pole, pole” (pronounce “poli, poli” = slowly, slowly
as they say here in KiSwahili) or “Low and slow” as Heidi Baker has

We will be four days per week in the forest and stay overnight two
times per week for 12 weeks so as to learn and build permanent

Repetition is the heart of learning; and, training uneducated,
non-literate people to learn how to most effectively tell bible
stories with revelation and application takes time and patience and
permanent relationships.  The 12-week program we start tomorrow will
be a great learning experience for us as Pygmies teach us some of
their ways and we teach them some of ours.  We also hope to plant
fruit and eucalyptus trees and Artemesia (treatment for malaria).

Please pray and support us in this work.  We cannot do it alone.

 To support, please specify Don "Love More" Foster when you may donate
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Saturday, January 28, 2012

Changing the World

From the Blogspot Journey to the Pearl of Africa  (

Natalie Corder: "Living life on purpose. My motto. Living a life of worship. My goal. Following Jesus with all my heart. My first priority. I invite you to join me on my adventures. Thank you for visiting this blog and I pray you are blessed, encouraged and inspired."

"I am blessed to know you and whenever I am with you I feel happy and I feel a mother's love around me and also when I am with you I feel my sadness is taken away. You make me to forget all the bad situation I passed in and all the suffering I passed in. You have a mother's love. Truly you have touched my heart."

Wow. This must have been written to some super-missionary. To someone amazing. Well, no. Actually this was written to a very normal girl with no special skills or qualifications. I know. Because this is part of a letter pushed into my hand the last day I was at Hope Children's Home in Uganda. The girl who wrote this had become one of my dearest friends. Betty and I spent hours together, talking, laughing, playing tag. We prayed for each other when we were sick. We sang songs. We talked about our hopes and dreams. Every day when it was time for me to leave Hope, I would give her a hug and a kiss and she would whisper, "Sweet dreams. I love you." I knew Betty's story, how she and her 4 siblings were locked in their mud hut by their parents and left to die. When I was still in America, never having met Betty, I would wonder how someone like me could help her. I was not a counselor. I had never gone to school to learn how to help someone overcome such pain and suffering. What could I do? But after getting to know Betty, I didn't see her as a child far away across the world who needed help. She was my friend. And I did the most simple and normal thing - I loved my friend. Little did I know that by simply loving her, I helped heal her pain. Without being a counselor, without having a college degree, without being a super-missionary - just being me and giving love, God worked in Betty's life. I am so humbled that God would give me the honor or touching this precious girl's life.

I tell this story because if God can use me, I know He can use you. And He wants to. Are you willing to touch a life? It doesn't take any special skills or training. You don't have to have a college degree. You don't have to be a super-missionary. You don't even have to be the perfect Christian. God isn't looking for perfection. He's looking for someone willing to love. Are you willing?

Monday, January 16, 2012

Water Displacement #40

Well here is some exciting news about WD40...and YOU thought it was just for squeaky doors.  

ESM is going to begin creating "Missionary Packs" that we can send out with teams to reach you in the field.  We would love for you to share one thing you truly miss ... it may be a cozy blanket, slippers, cake mixes, scissors, measuring cups, lollipops, wrench... whatever!  When you have teams coming to visit, send us an email and we will send you a box of goodies through them - along with your backpack kits, surgical supplies, mid-wife and wound care kits, women's tote bags, iPod, Kindle or computer center supplies.  Don't forget us when you need something.  Remember our ministry is all about helping you serve those you have been called to.  

A lady got up very early one morning and went outside to pickup the Sunday paper noticing someone had sprayed red paint all around the sides of the neighbor’s brand new beige truck. She went over and gave him the bad news. He was, of course extremely upset.  As they were trying to figure out what could be done about the problem another neighbor came out of his house, surveyed the situation and immediately went to get his WD-40.  It immediately took the red paint off without damaging the original paint.

WD40 (Water Displacement #40) – another helpful resource!

The product originated with a search for a rust preventative solvent and degreaser to protect missile parts. WD-40 was created in 1953 by 3 technicians at San Diego Rocket Chemical Company. Its name comes from the project that was to find a 'water displacement' compound. They were successful with the fortieth formulation, thus WD-40. Ken East, one of the original founders, says there is nothing in WD-40 that would hurt you as it is made from Fish Oil. It works on many finishes like glass, plastic and more.  Below are just a few creative usages…

1) Protects silver from tarnishing.
2) Removes road tar and grime from cars.
3) Cleans and lubricates guitar strings.
4) Gives floors that `just-waxed` sheen without making it slippery.
5) Keeps flies off cows.
6) Restores and cleans chalkboards.
7) Removes lipstick stains.
8) Loosens stubborn zippers.
9) Untangles jewelry chains.
10) Removes stains from stainless steel sinks.
11) Removes dirt and grime from the barbecue grill.
12) Keeps ceramic/terra cotta garden pots from oxidizing.
1 3) Removes tomato stains from clothing.
14) Keeps glass shower doors free of water spots.
15) Camouflages scratches in ceramic and marble floors.
16) Keeps scissors working smoothly.
17) Lubricates noisy door hinges on vehicles and doors in homes
18) Removes black scuff marks from the kitchen floor! 
19) Remove the bug guts that threaten to eat away the finish on your car. 
20) Gives a children's play gym slide a shine for a super fast slide.
21) Lubricates gear shift on lawn mowers.
22) Rids kids rocking chairs and swings of squeaky noises.
23) Lubricates the tracks of sticky home windows 
24) Spraying an umbrella stem makes it easier to open and close.
25) Restores & cleans padded leather or vinyl dashboards in vehicles
26) Restores and cleans roof racks on vehicles.
27) Lubricates and stops squeaks in electric fans.
28) Lubricates wheel sprockets on tricycles, wagons, and bicycles for easy handling.
29) Lubricates fan belts on washers and dryers and keeps them running smoothly.
30) Keeps rust from forming on saws and saw blades, and other tools.
31) Removes splattered grease on stove.
32) Keeps bathroom mirror from fogging.
33) Lubricates prosthetic limbs.
34) Keeps pigeons off the balcony (they hate the smell).
35) Removes traces of duct tape.
36) Spray it on arms, hands, & knees to relieve arthritis pain.
37) Cleans & removes love bugs from grills and bumpers.
38) Protects the Statue of Liberty from the elements. 
39) WD-40 attracts fish. Spray a LITTLE on live bait or lures 
40) It takes the sting away from insect bites immediately and stops the itch.
41) Removes crayon from walls. Spray on the mark & wipe with a clean rag.
42) Removes lipstick stains.  Saturate the lipstick spots w/ WD 40
43) Spray WD-40 on the distributor cap to displace moisture & start the car 
44) Takes the pain out of a burn & heals with no scarring.

Serving Those Serving Others,
Roy and Deb Killian
Edens Song Ministry, Inc.
1226 12th Avenue
Lewiston, Idaho  83501